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Water fees likely to increase again

When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.

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Shore Sweep to tackle lake cleanup

Shore Sweep to tackle lake cleanup

Millions enjoy Lake Lanier each year, and lake groups now want those visitors to return the favor with some litter cleanup.

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Dahlonega aims to improve foot, bike traffic downtown

Dahlonega has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant for a project that officials hope will improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in an area around downtown and the University of North Georgia.

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5 schools use different tools to help pupils

Five area schools have landed on a list for highest progress in the state, and each of them has used a different strategy to get there.

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Badge and Bar: Flowery Branch man pleads not guilty in Christmas shooting

A Flowery Branch man accused of shooting his brother on Christmas Day has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felony obstruction of an officer, according to court records.

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Local unity event recognizes recovery

The public is invited to celebrate the benefits of treating mental illness and substance abuse in a free event called Unify North Georgia.

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Perdue doubles down on attack ad

The Bushes aren’t from Georgia, but the powerful Republican clan has become a focal point in a contentious Senate race here as Republican David Perdue trades fire with Democrat Michelle Nunn over her work at the Bush family’s Points of Light foundation.

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Smyrna man charged with public indecency at Lake Lanier

A Smyrna man was arrested Tuesday and charged with public indecency related to an incident on Three Sisters Island, according to officials.

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Authorities pull stolen truck from lake

Authorities pull stolen truck from lake

A truck submerged in Lake Lanier at Little River Park was determined Wednesday to be stolen from Gwinnett County, said Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

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Tree trimming causes traffic delays on I-985

Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 985 can expect to see traffic delays through Oct. 3 as Georgia Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the road.

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Area schools make state list for highest progress

Three Gainesville schools and two Hall County schools made a list for those with the highest progress in the state.

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Eyes on the Road: Beams being set for bridge project

Construction crews are setting prestressed concrete bridge beams this week for the new Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road bridge over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier.

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Report: Hospital has $1.1B impact on economy

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is on a healthy three-year streak when it comes to impact on local and state economies.

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‘Lost Boy’ shares his story with North Hall students

‘Lost Boy’ shares his story with North Hall students

Abraham Deng lived a “glorious life” in the village of Duk in Sudan, until military forces attacked, driving him and thousands of other children to flee into the jungle.

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Public invited to ‘Ask Anything’ at faith discussion

For the second time, the public is invited to “Ask Anything,” a discussion of faith and religion with representatives of two different belief systems.

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Gainesville council OKs no change in water rates

Gainesville City Council approved keeping water rates unchanged for 2015 in a final vote on the measure Tuesday night.

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Relay for Life kicks off new year with childhood theme

Garbed in black and Relay for Life’s signature purple, Lynn Stepp seemed to dress like the antagonist of “The Wizard of Oz,” but she thought otherwise.

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Retired lake manager recalled as passionate about Lanier

Retired lake manager recalled as passionate about Lanier

Chris Lovelady recalled disagreement in the office over Erwin Topper’s idea to set up campground housing for Army Corps of Engineers volunteers working at Lake Lanier.

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Road Atlanta prepares for upcoming Petit Le Mans

Road Atlanta prepares for upcoming Petit Le Mans

A prominent worldwide event is set to once again take place in South Hall County.

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Gainesville apartment fire displaces three people

An adult and two children were displaced Tuesday by a fire at the Atlanta Street Apartments in Gainesville, according to the city fire department.

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Authorities seize $100,000 of meth in Gainesville arrest

Authorities seize $100,000 of meth in Gainesville arrest

After showing up with a kilogram of methamphetamine at a predetermined location, according to authorities, a Cumming woman was arrested Thursday and charged with methamphetamine trafficking.

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Local schools make state list for high progress

Three Gainesville schools and two Hall County schools made a list for those with the highest progress in the state.

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Suspects chased by Hall deputies face burglary, traffic charges

The two home invasion suspects pursued Monday by Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been charged with burglary and numerous traffic offenses, officials said.

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White Sulphur Road railroad crossing closed today

White Sulphur Road will be closed today at the railroad crossing between Pine Valley Road and Crescent Drive.

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Processing of dock permits restarts today

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin accepting applications after 8:30 a.m. today for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

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Cooler temps won’t hang around

Cooler temps won’t hang around

It may feel like autumn this week, but summer hasn’t had its last hurrah yet.

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The Local Agenda: Council to hold meeting on tax, water rates today

Gainesville City Council will hold second readings today to roll back the property tax rate and set the water rate.

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Lula city manager says tax agreement in the works

Hall County plans to present to the cities by Oct. 15 an intergovernmental agreement concerning a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money, Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin said Monday night.

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Suspects crash into pine tree after pursuit by Hall deputies

Suspects crash into pine tree after pursuit by Hall deputies

Two Canton residents suspected in a home invasion crashed their truck Monday afternoon in the woods after a pursuit from Hall County deputies.

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Orchestra, musicians hit sour note on contract talks

Kathy Amos of Gainesville has always been drawn to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra because the music it has produced “does something for my soul.”

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UNG counselors discuss mental illness, marijuana at forum

UNG counselors discuss mental illness, marijuana at forum

After being struck by a patient at the Central State Hospital, Kel Lee Cutrell knew there was only one correct response: a hug.

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New rule puts school attendance in spotlight

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel said her father taught her that if you’re going to do something, you should do it right.

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Perdue picks up endorsement of George Bush Sr.


DOT names top engineer in Northeast Georgia

DOT names top engineer in Northeast Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation has named a new district engineer for the 21-county Northeast Georgia District 1, which includes Hall.

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Youth mountain biking comes to Hall County

Youth mountain biking comes to Hall County

It’s a brand new team, but it’s already shaping up to be a fierce competition.

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Weatherman gets to heed own advice during storm

CUMMING — After spending 35 years on Atlanta TV warning viewers what not to do in a storm, retired meteorologist and Forsyth County resident Ken Cook had a chance to put his own advice into practice during a recent thunderstorm.

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DOT damage collections to state property skyrocket

The Georgia Department of Transportation has seen its recovery from claims to damaged state property nearly quadruple in the first year it has outsourced the work.

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Class Notes: Lanier Academy students get 9/11 lesson

Students at Lanier Career Academy learned Thursday that the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001,  included both courageous men and women and their K-9 helpers.

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New website gives Hall residents access to property info

Hall County has announced the launch of a new Geographic Information Systems website that will allow residents to access property and tax assessment information.

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Gainesville still looking to repay water refunds

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is still looking to repay about $23,000 in unclaimed water refunds.

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Study: Income gap may complicate Ga. sales tax plans

ATLANTA — A new study suggests the growing share of income earned by the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia’s income tax with an expanded sales tax.

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Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

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UNG to help boost teachers’ knowledge of science

UNG to help boost teachers’ knowledge of science

In an increasingly technology-centered society, science education is growing in importance. Even on its own, it remains a critical part of helping students develop thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Clemency ‘transparency’ may be hot issue at Capitol

Clemency ‘transparency’ may be hot issue at Capitol

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles’ silence on the July 10 clemency it granted a death-row inmate in a 1991 murder case has stirred strong emotions in North Georgia, with ripple effects possibly leading to the doors of the 2015 General Assembly.

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Fall festivities chug into the Lula Train Depot

Fall festivities chug into the Lula Train Depot

Lula held its inaugural fall festival Saturday, hosted by the Lula-Belton Historical Society, even as rain clouds threatened the cloudy blue skies.

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Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch

Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch

Thousands of spectators showed up Saturday to one of Flowery Branch’s much-loved annual events.

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Hall County Schools prepare for testing change

Hall County schools are getting ready for a big transition.

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The changing face of civic engagement

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Local officials plan for life after SPLOST

Concerns that Hall County voters will not approve a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money to pay for capital needs have led local government officials to begin preparing contingency plans to deal with the potential loss of revenue.

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Atkins chosen as Times publisher

Atkins chosen as Times publisher

Veteran newspaper executive Charlotte Atkins has been named publisher of The Times.

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Culture, competition ride Lanier’s waves in Dragon Boat event

Culture, competition ride Lanier’s waves in Dragon Boat event

Hall County residents may be used to a variety of boats on Lake Lanier, but thousands watched several unusual crafts on the lake Saturday during the 19th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

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Legendary GHS football announcer honored

Legendary GHS football announcer honored

Walt Snelling waves to an appreciative crowd at City Park Stadium along with wife Carol, right, and surrounded by family members during a special presentation honoring the longtime Gainesville High announcer.

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Food bank’s annual Empty Bowl lunch to help feed Georgia residents in need

One in 5 Georgians are food-insecure, a statistic the Georgia Mountain Food Bank hopes to improve.

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Natural dog treats company starts operating in Gainesville

Natural dog treats company starts operating in Gainesville

When it comes to its new Gainesville business, the Gay family hopes it’s a dog-eat-healthy-treats world.

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Spout Springs one of healthiest schools in US

Spout Springs one of healthiest schools in US

Right by the front door of Spout Springs School of Enrichment is a vending machine wrapped in kraft paper; on it, student signatures are scrawled across it, promising to make healthy choices. The machine’s only option is bottled water.

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Hall County denies Publix request for tax refund

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a claim by Publix Supermarkets for a refund on property taxes paid from 2011 through 2013, a move that has been repeated by other counties across the region.

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Video shows detail of June 6 shooting at Forsyth County courthouse

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Colleges seek to answer health industry needs

When new jobs come to Georgia, new workforce demands come with them.

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Ryan Casper replaces legend Walt Snelling as GHS announcer

Ryan Casper replaces legend Walt Snelling as GHS announcer

Gainesville’s Red Elephants will hear a new voice at tonight’s football season home opener against Winder-Barrow.

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Council to amend adult entertainment ordinance, refinance bonds

Gainesville City Council is prepared to amend its adult entertainment ordinance requiring businesses to post notice and advertise their intent to seek a license.

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Green Warren Dental Clinic recognizes its founder

In 1997, Dr. Ed Burnette founded the Green Warren Dental Clinic, which provides free dental care for Hall County families without health insurance.

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Oakwood proposes 50 percent property tax hike in 2015

Oakwood is proposing to raise property taxes in 2015 by 50 percent.

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Hall County changes employee health benefits

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to implement changes to employee health care benefits in an effort to encourage workers to use the county’s new pharmacy and clinic, set to open in January.

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Mobile home park stabbing victim ID’d, recovering

Police have identified the victim in a Gainesville mobile home park stabbing Aug. 30.

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Children in stable condition after Gainesville car accident

Children in stable condition after Gainesville car accident

Seven people were involved in a two-vehicle accident on Pearl Nix Parkway this afternoon, but all are stable and have been transported for nonemergency treatment, said Gainesville Fire Department public information officer Keith Smith.

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United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

United Way kicks off annual fundraising campaign

The United Way of Hall County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Thursday morning at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, boasting about $550,000 in donations already from 23 "pace setter" companies.

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Area emergency personnel gather to honor the fallen

Gainesville’s police and fire departments will remember the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks this morning.

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Hall OKs funds to replace faulty firetruck

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved funding this morning for the purchase of a new firetruck with an aerial platform to replace the one involved in a July accident that seriously injured three firefighters.

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Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

CANTON — Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

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Badge and Bar: Two indicted in kidnapping, assault case

Two Gainesville residents have been indicted on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, accused of dragging the victim into the bathroom of a Gainesville apartment.

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Clinics event to honor volunteers, raise funds

Good News Clinics runs on the work of volunteers, and there are a lot of  them — about 40 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, 40 dentists and even more nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists and community members.

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Flowery Branch man indicted in his brother’s Christmas Day death

Flowery Branch man indicted in his brother’s Christmas Day death

A Flowery Branch man has been indicted on murder charges for the Christmas Day death of his brother.

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South Hall park may open by spring

South Hall park may open by spring

The sun broke through the clouds just in time to witness the official groundbreaking at Cherokee Bluffs Park.

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Man cycles across US for pets and vets

Man cycles across US for pets and vets

Charleston, S.C.-based Neil Grehlinger is cycling approximately 4,000 miles across the U.S. to help match rescue dogs and soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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WomenSource hosts 7th annual Power of the Purse fundraiser

WomenSource hosts 7th annual Power of the Purse fundraiser

For the seventh year, WomenSource played host to its annual Power of the Purse fundraiser, which celebrated women’s philanthropy Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Country Club.

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